Caps Transport IMCA Invitational this weekend at Taylor Motor Speedway

first_imgFor more information, you can visit the Taylor Speedway’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Caps Transport IMCA Invitational is taking place this weekend at the Taylor Motor Speedway.The Invitational is the last race of the season for the Speedway and will feature three nights of high horsepower action.Making an appearance will be the Taylor Speedway Minisprints, Viper Innovation Bombers, and Ministocks.- Advertisement -Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with races starting at 7:00 p.m. all three nights.Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.The Caps Transport IMCA Invitational is taking place the nights of August 2, 3, and 4 at the Taylor Motor Speedway.Advertisementlast_img read more

H-DNL football: Week 3’s top performers

first_imgThe senior rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the win. Props to … Week three of the Humboldt-Del Norte League football season featured some of the gaudiest stat lines yet — numbers so utterly ridiculous that a 6-touchdown afternoon doesn’t even take the cake.Let’s take a look at who lit it up over the weekend.Levi Nyberg — RB, FortunaThe Huskies picked up win No. 1 of the year with a comfortable 29-12 win at Kelseyville.Levi Nyberg had a lot to do with it.last_img read more

Know to Grow program puts young farmers to the test

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Supporting the next generation of farmers is one of the key purposes of Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward initiative. The program, which started in 2014, just hosted its annual Know to Grow conference in Columbus.The two-day event featured a wide range of topics, with speakers covering anything from the basics of understanding the farm’s financials, to succession planning to way to maximize the farm’s position financially.The value of a meeting like the Know to Grow conference is not only help young and beginning farmers who are looking for ideas and new ways to keep the farm profitable, it is also of value to Farm Credit Mid-America as these up and coming farmers learn to be better borrowers.“Many young and beginning farmers are very good at the production aspect of what they do on the farm, but we are trying to shift that mindset and get them to focus more on the financial management side,” said Jonathan Carter, AVP of Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward campaign. “The financial side of farming may not be as fun as driving a tractor but it is very essential is running a successful farming operation.”Gary Matteson, Farm Credit, gives the Keynote Address at this year’s Know to Grow ConferenceThe Keynote Speaker for the gathering was Farm Credit’s VP of Young, Beginning, Small Farmer Programs and Outreach, Gary Matteson. He told the roomful of nearly 100 farmers that the first thing they need to do in order to be successful is to define success.“Everybody can think about success as having 300 cows or a 300 horsepower tractor or 300 acres and those sorts of measures are what you grow up with on the farm,” Matteson said. “What comes from a session like this one is that these farmers can take those numbers and see just how profitable that scenario is. Maybe you can make more money with 125 cows than you can with 300. The ability to analyze the kind of dream you have and turn it into a plan is what I hope this conference accomplishes.”In order for a farm to be successful it, like any other business, requires three basic skills which include finance, production and marketing. Many farmers, who see production as their strong suit, will still try to do all of these skills at the same time, when the best strategy may be to delegate those other skills.“The financial skills are the easiest ones to hire through a book keeper or a loan officer to help you through some of those difficult planning questions that are needed for the financial aspect of your farm,” Matteson said. “Those tough questions are what build character. Young farmers need to understand that they will get asked some tough questions by a loan officer, whether they are financial or management related. They are simply seeking to understand the nature and scope of your business and if you understand why they need to ask those questions, then it’s going to be much easier to answer them.”Latham Farley was one of the beginning farmers taking part in the Know to Grow meetings. He is working with his wife’s family in Englewood, Ohio and a plan is in place for him to begin taking on more responsibilities in the near future. Farley started 2017 by building a business plan, an idea suggested by his Farm Credit Mid-America advisor. He was hoping to take away some more ideas from the conference to help him complete the task.“I didn’t know what to expect when I began putting my plan to paper, but when I got to identifying short and long-term goals and wrote out how I’d work the equipment side of things and work with my in-laws and then farm for myself it got pretty difficult,” Latham said. “The hard part was writing out how we actually do things on our farm and it made me have to think out how to organize my plan and just how viable the operation would be ten years down the road.”Rachel Heimerl is the Office Manager of Heimerl Farms, a large scale hog operation based in Johnstown, Ohio. Her motivation for being a part of the conference was unique in that she was looking to add value to her position and what she can offer to the family farm.“My goal is to better understand balance sheets and financial statements,” Heimerl said. “I want to be able to pull that type of information from our accounting system and help the farm make better decisions in the future.”Currently, with large supplies of pork on the market for the foreseeable future, the hog business is not the easiest one to be in. That is why finding the “balance” in the balance sheet is so important for Heimerl.“Every decision we are making needs to be a sound one,” Heimerl said. “We can’t overspend and we have to keep a close eye on the markets. There are so many other farmers down the line that are depending on that.”AUDIO: Know to Grow program puts young farmers to the testTy’s Wrap for Wednesday LONGlast_img read more

Hands-On Review: URSA Mini 4.6K with 4.0 Firmware Update

first_imgWhat are your impressions of the URSA Mini 4.6K camera and 4.0 firmware? Share your opinions in the comments below.The URSA Mini 4.6K camera and 4.0 firmware was tested and reviewed by Ryan Patterson and Michael Maher. We got our hands on a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K with the latest firmware. It’s an impressive overhaul, practically making it a whole new camera.Top image via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic recently released a new 4.0 beta firmware for their Ursa Mini 4K and Ursa Mini 4.6K. With no existing legacy code from the past, the Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.0 is a complete overhaul of their operating system and user interface. Not only that, but quite a few new features that improve the overall functionality of the camera are nicely tucked in there as well.URSA Mini 4.6K Touchscreen MenuPerhaps the most significant change is the overhaul of the touchscreen menu. The visual style of the touchscreen menu system is very simple and clean. On and off switches and adjustable sliders are plentiful, which makes it easy to glance at the screen and see exactly what is going on.Unlike most other production cameras, there is not a list-style menu system to scroll through — only to realize that the function you wanted wasn’t even there to begin with. It seems like Blackmagic took a cue from the RED playbook and gave users the ability to see all your options at once instead of hiding things deep in a menu tree.The simple swipes left and right change the page under any menu header. The ability to get to any of those headers at any time without having to retreat back to a home page makes adjusting settings like turning on a LUT or adjusting off-speed frame rate very easy to do on the fly.There’s a familiarity to it that makes it ever so simple to understand and master. After only a few minutes playing around, I felt like I could change any setting within seconds. In live viewing mode, touching any of the essential settings like white balance, shutter, and ISO allow instant changes to those specific functions.It’s worth mentioning that Blackmagic’s color control is heavily reliant upon post color work with their DaVinci Resolve software and the use of user-generated LUTs that can be loaded in via the CFAST cards. As a result, the absence of color control in camera is refreshingly simple and doesn’t overcrowd the menu system with gamma and color settings most shooters won’t ever really use.Everything in the menu is an important function, and it’s important to note that not only did Blackmagic think about how they laid out the menu system — but what they put in there as well.URSA Mini 4.6K Beta BugsBeing a beta version of any software implies that it might be a bit buggy. Booting the camera up takes too long. Playback mode often takes a few seconds too long to get out of, and it’s not easy to get to a specific point in a clip. Overall, you don’t need tiny fingers to hit any of the options with the exception of the forward, reverse, and play buttons in playback mode. Fortunately, there are also hard buttons for those functions on the physical camera itself that are much easier to use.Swiping left and right on the touchscreen can cause unwanted changes in menu options, especially those that are adjusted via sliders. When in live-viewing mode (not in the menus), swiping left enables a screen for the input of metadata such as slate info, director and cinematographer names, and other shot-specific notes. Seems like that function could be delegated to something more useful, but that is definitely personal preference. It’s quite easy to accidentally touch the screen and land somewhere you don’t want to be like that metadata input screen. Maybe in the future Blackmagic will allow users to customize and lock certain gestures. For now, it’s totally manageable.Utilizing a touchscreen menu system on the same screen used for composing and focusing the shot can be an annoyance without an additional monitor. Although you can change essential settings without pulling up the menu, accessing anything else completely kills the image. There’s also the element of dirt and residue from your hands building up and smudging the screen, especially on location. Tapping an LCD screen too hard can risk permanently damaging it as well.Since we’ve completed our review of the camera, Blackmagic has already updated to Public Beta 2, addressing a few of these concerns — including the slow boot time. For more details on that update, check out the Blackmagic website.URSA Mini 4.6K ReviewPhysically, the camera feels robust and sturdy compared to other brands’ similarly priced models. The rectangular form factor, on par with bigger players like Sony and ARRI, enables comfortable cradling and handheld configurations with nothing jutting out to make things uncomfortable and awkward. This is a major improvement over the pretty goofy form factor of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.To get past a simple tripod setup, you will have to invest quite a bit of money for accessories like the Ursa Mini Viewfinder and Shoulder Rig Kit. Add that to the cost of purchasing larger batteries necessary to run the camera like Anton Bauers or IDX V-mounts, chargers, CFAST cards, a card reader, and you’ve nearly doubled the cost of your investment.URSA Mini 4.6K ungraded screen grab.With that said, this camera should be considered an extremely viable option for independent shooters looking to step up their game. Although the new software stands out among its competitors, it is not enough of a selling point to really be a strong factor in the decision to purchase the camera.For cinematographers who rent for larger projects, but want to own a camera for their own packages — the URSA Mini 4.6K is a solid choice. It’s affordable, takes EF lenses (depending on the model), and you can easily rent any additional gear and accessories for larger productions. There are also great third-party accessories from manufacturers like Wooden Camera.The image quality, physical aspects of the body, and the ability to build it up to a professional cinema-style camera for independent movies and documentaries is a major plus. The URSA Mini 4.6K is certainly capable of having as simple or as large of a set up as you want — from one-man band to a full studio camera.Best uses for the URSA Mini 4.6K:Independent FilmsDocumentary (Short and Feature)Commercials / PromosDP Personal Camera PackageMusic VideosCorporate Videoslast_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_imgPH salvages silver in women’s wushu event View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCatantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Desiderio walks the talk in UP’s last-second win over UST Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I was just taking the challenge,” shared Ross on Sunday. “He was really a prolific import. He puts his shirts on like I put my shorts on in the morning, so I just go out there and compete.”It may seem like a mismatch but the veteran guard showed he is the right man to slow down Brownlee, who was limited to just 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRoss, who had four steals, was also stellar on the offensive end with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.“We’re desperate for a win and Ginebra is playing great basketball, so I’m just happy that we’re able to pull this win out,” he said. “Everyone played well. We had a great game plan from coach and we’re able to squeak this one out.” Ross is also hopeful that wins like these can finally silence critics saying that San Miguel is in a disarray.“I don’t think anything was wrong with us. We lost two games by one point. It’s not like we’re getting blown out. The game against Alaska, we got blown out, but before that, games against NLEX and Star were decided by just one possession,” he said. “I felt like we’re not playing bad even though we’re at 3-3. We’re always one possession away.”Ross agreed that looking back, the Beermen made a mistake on replacing Wendell McKines with Terik Bridgeman.But with Terrence Watson now in the fold, he believes that San Miguel is back to its old dominant self as it seeks to make it to the top four and ultimately capture the Grand Slam.“When we changed imports, I guess you could say they made the wrong decision, but I felt we’re playing good enough to win games. We’re just not making plays at the end of the game. But now that we got an import that competes and fits in well with us, plus we’re getting healthy and coach is finding our way with our rotation, then we’re starting to play a little bit better which is causing us to win games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross and import Terrence Watson double teams Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESChris Ross may have given up four inches in defending Justin Brownlee, but at the end of the day, that huge height disparity was hardly a factor at all.Bringing in his scrappiness and grit, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounded the Ginebra import for the 42 minutes he spent on the floor to help San Miguel come away with a 107-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more